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Intel takes Kenyan girls on a tech date

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Intel, an American chipmaker, has launched a countrywide initiative that will see more girls delve into developing apps.

The initiative, otherwise dubbed Akarachix, will take girls interested in coding through a two-day free training workshop in Nairobi, Eldoret, Nakuru, Kisumu and Mombasa.

Ms Agatha Gikunda, Lead for Intel Software and Services Group in East Africa said through the initiative, the firm hopes to combine the power of technology and education as an agent of social and economic change.

“Through the Akarachix initiative, we hope to tap into the power of technology and education in fuelling real change,” she said.

The launch comes a week after Intel Corporation unveiled a new programme dubbed ‘She Will Connect’ that commits to expanding digital literacy skills among young women in developing countries.

Intel will begin the initiative in Africa, where the gender gap is the greatest, by aiming to reach 5 million women and reduce the gender gap by 50 per cent. To achieve this, Intel will work with a diverse set of partners including global and local NGOs and governments.

Findings from the groundbreaking “Women and the Web” report released by Intel in January this year revealed concrete data on the enormous Internet gender gap in the developing world and the social and economic benefits of securing Internet access for women.

The report issued a call to action for stakeholders to double the number of women and girls online in developing countries in three years. Through the ‘She Will Connect’ programme, Intel seeks to provide digital literacy skills to girls and women as well as helping push the concept of digital literacy forward through new, innovative and scalable models.

Training sessions

The training sessions of the latest programme will be limited to 25 girls per class. Interested candidates will be required to apply through www.ihub.co.ke. Dates and venues of the training sessions will be communicated via the iHub website and Intel Kenya’s twitter handle @IntelEastAfrica.

Today, millions of girls around the world have little or no access to education. Intel believes that education should be a fundamental right for everyone and recognises the major role technology plays in improving both the quality of and access to education.

Through access to technology, scholarships and community learning programmes, Intel provides girls and women with opportunities for quality education and personal growth.

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